When you find yourself facing charges for a crime, whether it’s a misdemeanor or a felony, you may begin to consider if it’s worth hiring an attorney. Some people feel that they are experienced or knowledgeable enough to be able to handle their situation on their own. They might believe that hiring an attorney is too much money or too much of a commitment and aren’t willing to take that route.
There are some people who have been fortunate enough to defend themselves successfully in court, but this is definitely not the norm. For every one person who does come out ahead without an attorney at their side, there are dozens of others who end up facing much worse consequences and punishments because they chose to handle their case on their own.
This is especially true when it comes to jail time. Now there are some crimes in Arizona that have mandatory jail sentences that can’t be reduced no matter how good your attorney may be. For example, DUI crimes fall into very rigid sentencing guidelines. However, there are many other charges that can be lessened or even dismissed when you have the right lawyer in your corner.
An attorney has spent years learning and practicing the law. They are much more familiar with how the court system works than the average Joe. Attorneys spend a great deal of time working with judges and prosecutors and have a good understanding of what they are looking for. They may be able to greatly reduce your potential jail time in a very short time by communicating the right way with other parties involved.
Attorneys are also knowledgeable when it comes to what type of evidence can be challenged or how heavily it can influence the outcome of the case. Good lawyers will spend time doing their own investigation of the case and possibly find small flaws or inconsistencies that will have a major impact on how much time you spend in jail.
Finally, because attorneys have spent countless hours reviewing and studying all sorts of cases, they can quickly and accurately draw from their knowledge of the law to give you strong advice on how to proceed. Even in the previously mentioned DUI case, there may be opportunities such as rehabilitation classes that can have an impact on the sentencing portion of your case.
When facing any type of jail time for a crime you’ve committed, call Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys and schedule your free consultation. We’re here to help you get you life back on track